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  1. pwhatley

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    Has anyone else read this book? I'd love to discuss it with you! I'm already doing some of the techniques Doug Lemov suggests - some I'm thinking won't work with primary students (I wanna teach upper elementary!), but his ideas are sound, and the video examples on the included DVD are superb!
     
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    I love that book! I read it last summer and I used some of the strategies this year and they went really well. I definitely plan to re-read it this summer to try to improve this year. I'd be glad to discuss it with you. I am, however, a secondary teacher.
     
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    each1teach1, some things are universal, lol. For instance, explicitly and repetitively teaching routines and procedures!
     
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    True and in many ways high school kids and elementary school kids are VERY similar :)
     
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    ROFL - sooo true!
     
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    My school started using this book last year at all grade levels. I was high school last year and will be 5th grade this year. I'm looking forward to using it at the elementary level.

    I consistently used Threshold and thought it was great for high school. I want to try hard to use No Opt Out consistently this year. Those are the two jumping out at me. We only focused on a few strategies and not the whole book, but I plan to read the whole book this summer.
     
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    I also found some helpful suggestions. I use the "pepper" technique more often now (I would even tell the kids-put your hands down I'm going to pepper!). We use SLANT school-wide and it's been really effective. The other one I like is "I'm waiting for 3 people..." when you give an expectation-that worked like a charm for my last class. It made me implement exit tickets again too. I love watching the videos for examples-much more visual learner myself.;)

    I thought his take on complimenting a specific student was interesting. I had done that often and been taught to do that. When you say "I like how Sally is sitting nicely". His argument against it I found very interesting and something I had never thought of before.
     
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    I plan to use Pepper this year with my first graders. I have my students sit in what I call "learning position," which is SLANT without the anagram, lol. I would imagine it might be easier for them to remember to "slant." I like No Opt Out - especially for my lower students. I'm working hard on Positive Framing (not a natural thing for me). Tight Transitions is my downfall - especially during small group rotation! Mainly, I can't figure out how I want to signal "clean up" and how long to allow for that before I have my (homogenous) groups rotate to their next learning station.
     
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    Now I'm excited to read it! My new school gave all of the teachers a copy of the book to read as part of our summer institute at the end of the month! I'll have to check back when I've actually finished the book!
     
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    It's on my list to read. I can't decide if I want to buy it for myself or borrow one from the school library. Is it one I'll only want to read once, or will I want to refer back to it?
     
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    I plan to refer back to it - a lot!
     
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    I have definitely referred back to mine, and again, we've only covered a handful of the topics at my school. It's supposed to work for all ages but I think some seem more elementary geared which is why I look forward to trying more this year.
     
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    What are your concerns about the methods? Here are mine:

    • As a first grade teacher, I often have non-writers, especially at the beginning of the year. If I do Everybody Writes, I think I have to work up to it.
    • I feel the same way about Binder Control... I think I will begin without Binders and see how they do with Composition Books for Journals, etc.
    • I already do a form of Exit Tickets, with no writing - students are given a random sight word card when they line up, and before they leave the classroom (usually for lunch), they read it to me... I also plan on extensively using No Opt Out!
    • In first grade, we tend to work on a single skill in each subject for about a week (spelling, reading comprehension strategy, grammar, etc.), so that's how we post our objectives - in kid-friendly (but not watered down) language. Mr. Lemov calls for Daily Objectives.
     
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    I really like this book. I use the No Opt Out quite a bit, I teach learning support and find it is a great strategy with my students. I want to implement Exit Tickets this year, I used "entrance tickets" with success this year.

    I should go back through the book, I read it before taking my first job and I'd probably have a different prospective if I reread it.
     
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    Teaching hs foreign language, I definitely use No Opt Out a lot. It took a while, but finally the kids got it and they literally will tell each other "You might as well answer. She's not going to give up..." Best. Compliment. Ever.
     
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    so this book is highly recommended for my summer reading list? i'll add it to my amazon cart right now.
     
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    Yes, just buy it. It's amazing. I appreciate the explicitness and clear examples. Also amazing are all the Responsive Classroom books. That should be enough to blow your mind before school starts. :lol:
     
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    I picked it up yesterday, and I can't wait to read it!
     
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    I just finished it, and plan to re-read it as I develop the list of procedures & routines we will follow this year. It will be on the top shelf of the bookcase behind my desk/teacher table this year for sure!
     
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    I have had it in my teacher bag since Christmas- plan on reading it in the next week to get ready for school.
     

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